Book Review – Legends of Darkness by Georgia L Jones

Title: Remnants of Life
Author: Georgia L. Jones
Written & Published: 2012

In Remnants of Life, Samantha Garrett, a working wife and mother, drops the kid off at school, and gets into a car accident.  How serious?  Human before the accident, she transforms into a vampire-esque warrior called a Samoda.  This is not your mother’s car wreck, people, this is a whole new kettle of fish.  (Or something like that.)

So here’s the deal.  I was really excited to get this book.  And then I started reading.

I’m not a huge fan of first person, because it’s usually done wrong.  And in this case, it was done wrong.  There are a bajillion different ways to write a sentence, but one of the traps I see first person authors doing is falling into the “I verb something” sentence formatting pattern.  Mix it up.  Give us some “Verbing, I something” or “something was verbed” or whatever.   Instead of “I hollered as I shut the bathroom door,” make it “Hollering as I shut the bathroom door,” and it reads a lot better.

Another issue I had was that the dialogue fell a little flat.  For instance, the kid is six and if his dialog had stood alone, there’s no way I would have guessed that.  (I was sort of thinking younger teen, actually, until the MC said he was six, just because he still needed a ride to school…)

With that said, this is a first novel effort from a new author (that’s not redundant; she doesn’t even have a list of short fiction credits) and a fairly new publisher.  She’s only going to get better, and the product is already beautiful.

The storyline pulled me in, and I wanted to keep going and turn the next page.  The character development was good and the creature building was good.

In the end, if you can forgive the first-person I-verb writing style, the payout is worth it.  I’m giving it three out of five pages.

I don’t know why this is required, but here it is:

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for review from First Rule Publicity from the author as part of a virtual book tour. I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Stephen Zimmer
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 17:36:49

    thanks for the review today on Georgia’s book! 🙂

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  2. AKMamma
    Nov 23, 2012 @ 20:12:03

    Great review Mandi (it is required because of FCC law actually! Bloody government!)

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    • Mandi M. Lynch, author
      Nov 25, 2012 @ 05:31:30

      The gov’t needs to mind their own freakin’ business and stay out of my life and/or book reviews. lol. Incidentally, my blog is *technically* owned by an Aussie, so I probably don’t have to put that on there since it’s *technically* not an American site. Wonder if the laws govern the *site* or the *person on the site*…? *yawn* whatever. Too tired to care.

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      • AKMamma
        Nov 25, 2012 @ 10:09:08

        who the hell knows. I just needed to cover asses because the damn First Rule got nested with Seventh Stars site so we have to REALLY Cover our asses so we……. ya

      • Mandi M. Lynch, author
        Nov 27, 2012 @ 19:45:28

        I see. I just like the disclaimer I put on it. “Don’t know why I need this, but since I do, here it is…” lol. Have you read the disclaimer on the sidebar?

      • AKMamma
        Nov 27, 2012 @ 21:17:37

        It doesn’t need to be at the bottom of the post if you already have a FCC disclaimer on your sidebar, which is what the letter said. BUT if it does NOT have an actual FCC disclaimer it does, this is the grey law that blows!

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